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FFF updates: Bill Callahan video, food, charitable groups and more

Sharon Chapman

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 3, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest lives in our hearts year round, but the music officially starts Thursday night with the first Fun Fun Fun Nites shows. Here are some of the latest happenings related to FFF; look for a special video preview with founders Graham Williams and James Moody later this week, among our other previews. And, of course, we’ll be there live all weekend.

• We have an interview with Bill Callahan on the way (he plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Yellow stage). Get ready for his set with his recently released, silent film-inspired video (above) for the sweet and beautiful “Small Plane” off “Dream River.”

• Speaking of Williams, he gives an excellent interview about all things Fun x 3 to metal magazine Decibel here. One newsy bit (it was not news to us that Williams books the whole fest): The Black stage has fewer acts this year (by about three a day) because they’ve gotten rid of the double stage setup. That allowed for faster turnaround between acts, but sometimes the time was not enough. “… production-wise, it’ll be smoother for bands to have a good amount of time between sets to make sure everything is set up correctly and the way they want it,” Williams tells Decibel. “Plus, we could go a little bit bigger if we struck it from two stages to one and that was the idea.”

• Fest organizers announced the poster artists (16) who will be featured in this year’s show, including Lil Tuffy, Decoder Ring and Andy Vastagh, and some of the charitable groups that will have booths at the fest. That includes the SIMS Foundation, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Black Fret and Austin Music People. See the full lists for both at You also can check out the full list of food vendors put together by festival food curator John Mueller of John Mueller Meat Co.

• Andy Langer profiles the fest and examines the growing music industry trend of microfestivals in today’s New York Times. He also reminds the world that Austin has been twerking for years, ok?